In the words of Jim Morrison
Lament for my cock
Sore and crucified
I seek to know you....
The death of my cock brings life
Somehow appropriate as the arum unfurled on Good Friday ("crucified") and bloomed throughout Easter-tide ("brings life").
|Onlooker included for a sense of scale|
We were shooed out after 5 minutes but it was enough, been there, done that and now for the Rafflesia arnoldii next!
One can quibble if the A. titanum does indeed produce the largest flower as the structure is technically an inflorescence and the actual male and female flowers are tiny. The other contender is, as mentioned above, R. arnoldii which is a single flower and has the advantage of looking like a conventional blossom (as imagined by a 6-year old).
|R. arnoldii (left)|
Both plants are from SE Asia and are emblematic of the richness in biodiversity to be found there. If I were a billionaire I would buy huge tracts of virgin forest and just leave it untouched.
Later on, just strolling through the botanical garden I was pleasantly surprised to find the Chinese Handkerchief Tree (Davidia involucrata) in bloom.
|Ghostly white bracts to attract nocturnal pollinators|
|God knows how much feng shui it would require to counteract such a negative influence|
|Behind the quiet exterior, number 18 was secretly planning an invasion of Poland|
|Conservation status "Least concern" LOL. We're in greater danger of extinction.|
|Rock of Ages?|
|Ave Christus Rex!|